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On This Day In History -- 25 May, 1982

SS Atlantic Conveyor, a cargo ship taken up from trade to carry supplies, helicopters, and Harrier jump-jet fighters for the British Fleet heading to the Falklands, is struck by two Exocet missiles. She is not outright sunk, but she is burnt to the keel. Though the harriers fly off before the attack, all but one helicopter are lost to the flames, and this forces the British to march across the Falklands rather than fly across it.

In this attack, twelve crew, including Captain Ian North, were killed by the Exocets, the subsequent fires, or the frigid sea.

Adrian J. Anslow | Air Engineering Mechanic ( R) | Royal Navy
John B. Dobson | Bosun (Petty Officer I) | Merchant Navy
Edmund Flanagan | Chief Petty Officer | Royal Navy
Frank Foulkes | Mechanic (Petty Officer I) | Merchant Navy
David R. S. Hawkins | Assistant Steward | Merchant Navy
Ronald Hoole | First Radio Officer | Royal Fleet Auxiliary
James Hughes | Mechanic (Petty Officer II) | Merchant Navy
Ian H. North, DSC | Master | Merchant Navy
Ng Por | Laundryman | Royal Fleet Auxiliary
Don L. Pryce | Leading Air Engineering Mechanic (L) | Royal Navy
Chan Chi Shing | Laundryman | Royal Fleet Auxiliary
Ernest N. Vickers | Mechanic (Petty Officer II) | Merchant Navy

On 28 May, after three days being towed, the ‘bow magazine’ (clusters of bombs she was carrying for the fleet) exploded, finally sinking the ship.